Step by step how to process raw files using Nikon ViewNX 2
Open the RAW file
Open ViewNX 2. Click the Browser icon and browse to tone_before.NRW. Click the thumbnail, then click Edit. You’ll notice that the camera has under-exposed the backlit boat while losing a little colour in the brighter buildings.
Experiment with Picture Control
The camera’s Picture Control settings can make a big difference to a scene’s colours and tones. Because this is a RAW file we can experiment with the settings. Choose [NL] Neutral from the Picture Control drop-down menu.
Tweak the shadows
By taking Shadow Protection up to 25 you can reveal more midtone detail without blowing out detail in the highlights. Drag the D-Lighting HS slider to 35 to lighten the boat without over-exposing the brightest areas.
Boost the colour
When you brighten shadows they tend to look desaturated. Go to Color Booster and drag the slider to 36. Tick the Nature button. This enables you to increase the colour saturation of the paintwork on the buildings.
Protect the highlights
Move Highlight Protection up to 30 to restore the highlights. The vertical lines are titled, so drag Straighten to -0.6 to counteract the tilt. Browse to our highlights_before.NEF image. Click Yes to save the changes to tone_before.NRW.
Click the Histogram icon. The graph shows that the shot is over-exposed. Drag Exposure Compensation to -1.0. Drag D-Lighting HS to 41 to improve the contrast. Reveal more sky colour by dragging Highlight Protection to 29.
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